OIC Carina Z. Santiago of NNC–MIMAROPA speaking on Program Implementation Review7-8 April 2014 - Selected Provincial/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, District Nutrition Program Coordinators, Medical Nutrition Program Coordinator, Midwives and Barangay Nutrition Scholar attended the program implementation review of Promote Good Nutrition program at the Makati Palace Hotel, Makati City. 

In 2007, the National Nutrition Council launched the Promote Good Nutrition program which aims to improve the food and nutrition knowledge, attitude and practices of families through conduct of trainings on Infant and Young Child Feeding and Pabasa sa Nutrisyon for community-based implementers as well as distribution of IEC materials. Specifically, it aims to a) increase the number of infants 0-6 months old who are exclusively breastfed; b) decrease the number of infants 0-6 months receiving food and drink other than breast milk; c) increase the number of infants 6-12 months old who receive calorie and nutrient-dense complementary food; and d) increase number of households with improved diets in terms of quality and quantity and involved in food production activities.

This year, to determine the level of implementation of the Promote Good Nutrition program, four workshops were completed by the participants during the program implementation review. The workshops revealed each provinceaccomplishments vis-à-vis targets, program gaps, good practices, facilitating and deterring factors. Recommendations, strategies and follow-through actions for program sustainability and expansion were identified by the participants. The participants also had the opportunity to reinforce their IYCF counselling and practical skills.

At the end of the workshops, OIC Santiago noted that MIMAROPA shall achieve “Progress and Gain in Nutrition” through the improved implementation of Promote Good Nutrition program. 

Constituents of the municipality of Mogpog hold a banner welcoming NNC evaluation teamLast year, the municipality of Mogpog won the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award. The CROWN award is given to a municipality, city or province that has been adjudged by the interagency regional nutrition evaluation team as outstanding in the region in the implementation of its nutrition action plan for three years. This year, Mogpog is vying for its 1st Year CROWN Maintenance Award. A total score of 90 will be needed by Mogpog to attain its 1stYear CROWN Maintenance Award.

The National Evaluation Team, composed of Nutrition Officer II Ms. Jomarie L. Tongol of Nutrition Surveillance Division and Nutrition Officer II Mr. Julius Cesar P. Alejandre of Nutrition Policy and Planning Division of the National Nutrition Council, and Hapag-asa Coordinator Ms. Azucena Banga of San Pablo Apostol Archdiocese of Manila, together with Officer-In-Charge Carina Z. Santiago and Nutrition Officer III Donnah May S. Guevarra of the National Nutrition Council – MIMAROPA and Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team Chair Lorenzo F. Suarez of the Department of Interior and Local Government IV-B assessed the efficiency and effectiveness of the Municipal Plan of Action for Nutrition implementation in the municipality of Mogpog, Marinduque last 24-28 March 2014.

Validation visits to barangays Hinadharan, Sayao, Magapua, Ino, and Janagdong, review of documents, and interview and dialogue with the officials and Barangay and Municipal Nutrition Committee were conducted by the National Evaluation Team. To end the evaluation, the National Evaluation Team, shared some observations in the implementation of the municipality's nutrition program and gave suggestions and recommendations to further improve the its nutrition program.

The National Evaluation Team is set to finalize the score sheets and deliberate the results on 1st week of September for approval of the National Nutrition Council Technical Committee. The National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony will be held on 23 October 2014 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

Participants are doing exercises during a 2 day event last February 24-25, 2014The National Nutrition Council - MIMAROPA (NNC- MIMAROPA) successfully gathered the Nutrition Action Officers, District / City Nutrition Program Coordinators, and Barangay Nutrition Scholar Presidents of MIMAROPA Region in a two-day event last February 24-25, 2014 at the L& B Suites, 8459, Kalayaan Avenue corner Don Pedro St., Poblacion, Makati City. Key nutrition stakeholders, Ms. Lolita C. Yulo of City Social and Welfare Development of Puerto Princesa City and Provincial Health Officer Louie Ocampo of Palawan also attended the event to show their support.

The first day focused on the conduct of the 1st semi-annual meeting of the regional federations such as the National Association of Nutrition Action Officers – MIMAROPA Chapter (NAOPA – MIMAROPA), District / City Nutrition Program Coordinators Association of the Philippines – MIMAROPA Chapter (D/CNPCAP - MIMAROPA) and BNS Federation of Region IV-B Inc. while the second day was devoted for the training on the promotion of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos.

OIC Carina Z. Santiago of NNC-MIMAROPA expressed her gratitude for the unwavering commitment and support of the nutrition workers in leading the implementation of nutrition programs and activities and for their effort to grace the two-day event. 

To update the participants of the current nutrition situation in the region, Nutrition Officer I Sheila Marie A. Vergara of NNC – MIMAROPA presented and discussed the results of the Operation Timbang 2013 and School Weighing, School Year 2012-2013. Moreover, Nutrition Officer III Donnah May S. Guevarra of NNC – MIMAROPA presented plans and activities for 2014.

In addressing the concern of prevalence of malnutrition in the region, Ms. Monette S. Navera of Nutrition Center of the Philippines encouraged the participants to continuously implement Pabasa sa Nutrisyon and join the annual Pabasa sa Nutrisyon Awarding. Ms. Navera presented mechanics of the awarding and promoted different products of the Nutrition Center of the Philippines which can be used for feeding programs.

After which, the regional federations had the opportunity to review their accomplishments last year and set new plans and activities for this year.

During the second day, NO I Vergara discussed the guidelines for the recognition of longest serving Barangay Nutrition Scholars and guidelines on establishing a database on functional Local Nutrition Committees. NO III Guevarra also presented updates on height board verification.

Dr. Cesar Tutaan, Ms. Teresa Delos Reyes, and Ms. Menchee M. Cruz of Mandaluyong City Nutrition Committee had the opportunity to update the participants of the proposed resolutions of the NAOPA. Dr. Tutaan encouraged them to continuously advocate nutrition programs and support the resolutions of the NAOPA.

To formally start the training, NO III Guevarra discussed the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos. After which, Assistant Professor Francis Grace H. Duka-Pante of University of the Philippines Diliman presented different ways or strategies to creatively promote the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos where the participants actively participated.

The training ends with OIC Santiago informing the participants that IEC materials such as posters, tarpaulins, and public utility vehicles stickers will be distributed region wide to intensify the promotion of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos. Ten Kumainments will also be launched nationwide by the Central Office of the National Nutrition Council.

OIC Santiago also challenged the participants to promote the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos in creative and effective strategies not only to add knowledge but also change the eating and lifestyle practices and behavior of the MIMAROPANs. 

Carina Santiago of NNC MIMAROPA, shaking hands with Dr. Eduardo  JanairoFebruary 2014 – Together with the staff of DOH Regional Office-MIMAROPA, OIC Carina Z. Santiago of National Nutrition Council–MIMAROPA, bade goodbye to Director Ariel I. Valencia, MD, MPH, CESO III and welcomed Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo, MD, MPH, CESO III as the new DOH Regional Director  for MIMAROPA.  OIC Santiago expressed her gratitude to outgoing Director Valencia, who took the lead as Regional Nutrition Committee Chair last year. It was a fruitful partnership with the outgoing director as many activities, programs and resolutions were done and passed.

In particular, Regional Development Council No. 045-296-2013 was passed last year through the efforts of the outgoing director. The resolution seeks for His Excellency President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, the secretaries of the Department of Budget and Management, Department of Health and National Nutrition Council to recognize MIMAROPA as a regular region and to provide the requirements for a separate agency regional office of National Nutrition Council with full staff complement and budget for personal services and maintenance and other operating expenses in 2014 and onwards. 

Thrilled for a fresh start, OIC Santiago expects a strong partnership and support from the new director as jam-packed activities and programs are in-line for the whole year to combat and end malnutrition in the region.  

Logos of NNC and DSWDIndeed, the Supplementary Feeding Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV-B contributes to the reduction of malnutrition among day care center children in the MIMAROPA Region. A significant decrease of 4.7% (partial result) is noted during the on-going implementation of the third cycle of the said program which serves 90, 969 day care center children for School Year 2013-2014.

To continuously improve the implementation of the supplemental feeding program, Mr. Mark Angelo R. Lorenzo, Regional Nutritionist of DSWD IV-B, initiated the conduct of program implementation reviews in all the provinces of the region this week. As lead agency in providing up-to-date and relevant nutrition information, the National Nutrition Council Regional Office in MIMAROPA joined the first program implementation review, the Occidental Mindoro Cluster. Ms. Sheila Marie A. Vergara, Nutrition Officer I of NNC – MIMAROPA, presented the regional thrusts and directions for 2014, results of Operation Timbang, and school weighing which was done by the Department of Education (DepEd) IV-B.

Moreover, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers will have their training on Nutrition in Emergencies. Dr. Corazon VC Barba, Ms. Teresita S. Silo, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer of Laguna Province, and Ms. Jellie Anne C. Palencia are set to facilitate the training.